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No. 20 MBB Faces Texas in Quarters





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No. 3 Seed Baylor (24-6, 11-5) vs. No. 6 Texas (24-8, 9-7)
March 11, 2010 | 8:30 p.m. CST
Kansas City, Mo. | Sprint Center (18,879)
TV: ESPN2

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BAYLOR AT A GLANCE
2009-10 Record:
24-6
Big 12 Record:
11-5
Last Game:
W, 92-77 vs. Texas
Head Coach:
Scott Drew
Career Record:
125-112 (8th season)
Record at BU:
105-101 (7th season)

NATIONAL RANKINGS
AP/ESPN Rankings:
21/20
Highest AP Ranking:
20 (Feb. 1)
Highest ESPN Ranking:
20 (March 8)
RPI: 8
(rpiratings.com/NCAA)
Sagarin Rating:
10

STATISTICAL LEADERS
Points:
LaceDarius Dunn (19.2)
Rebounds:
Ekpe Udoh (9.8)
Assists:
Tweety Carter (6.3)
Blocks:
Ekpe Udoh (4.1)

GAME CENTER: GAME 31
Date: Thurs., March 11, 2010
Tip-Off:
8:30 p.m. CST (approximate)
Location:
Kansas City, Mo.
Arena:
Sprint Center (18,879)
Television:
ESPN2
Talent:
Brent Musberger (pxp), Bob Knight (analyst), Holly Rowe (sideline)
Radio:
Baylor ISP Sports Network ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco); Sirius 125/XM 231
Talent:
John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (analyst)
BU Record When Ranked in AP Poll:
21-10
Series vs. Texas:
Texas leads 155-78
Scott Drew Record vs. Texas:
3-13
Live Stats:
www.BaylorBears.com
Audio Web Stream:
www.BaylorBears.com
Video Web Stream: www.ESPN360.com
In-Game Blog:
None

PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP STORY LINES
• Third-seeded Baylor (24-6) will face No. 6 seed Texas (24-8) in the quarterfinals Thursday of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship at Sprint Center. Thursday's game will tip at approximately 8:30 p.m. CST (or 20 minutes after end of preceding game) on ESPN2; Brent Musberger (play-by-play), Bob Knight (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline) will serve as the talent for the telecast.
• After being picked 10th in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll in October, Baylor finished the regular season tied for second in the Big 12 with an 11-5 league mark -- its best conference finish in the Big 12 era (previous best finish was fourth place in the 2007-08 season). Baylor's second-place finish is its best league finish since finishing tied for second in the Southwest Conference in 1988.
• Starting with its epic run at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, Baylor is 16-7 (.696) in its last 23 games away from home.
• Baylor improved to 24-6 overall after a 92-77 win March 6 over Texas in Waco. Baylor's 24-6 record -- tied for the second-best record through 30 games in school history (24-6 start in 1947-48) -- is second only to its 25-5 start in 1945-46. Baylor lost in the NCAA championship game to Kentucky in 1948.
• Baylor is 18 games above .500 for the first time since the 1947-48 season when the Bears were 24-6.
• Baylor is 21-10 (.677) -- 20-9 (.690) in the Drew era -- when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
• Since posting a 21-53 record (.284) in Drew's first three seasons, Baylor is 84-48 (.636) in its last 132 games.
• Baylor is 31-8 (.795) in its last 39 games, including a 7-2 (.778) record in its last nine postseason games.
LaceDarius Dunn now owns the single-game (nine), single-season (109) and career (283) 3-point field goal marks at Baylor.
Ekpe Udoh holds both the Baylor and Big 12 Conference single-season blocked shots record with 123 rejections.
• Baylor is the only NCAA Division I team with no loss by more than seven points.
Tweety Carter leads the Big 12 and ranks eighth nationally with 6.3 assists per game.
• Through games of March 7, Baylor ranks in the top 20 of six different categories. Baylor is fifth in blocked shots per game, seventh in field goal percentage defense, seventh in rebounding margin, 13th in FG percentage, 16th in scoring margin and 20th in 3FG percentage.
• Through games of March 7, Udoh ranks fourth nationally in blocked shots per game, 24th in rebounds per game and 28th in double doubles. Carter ranks fifth nationally in assists per game, 26th in assist-to-turnover ratio, 47th in 3FG percentage and and 52nd in 3FGM per game. Dunn ranks sixth nationally in 3FGM per game, 15th in 3FG percentage, 35th in FT percentage and 40th in scoring.

BAYLOR PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
• Baylor has never been a top-four seed in the history of the Big 12 Championship.
• Baylor is 8-12 all-time in the Big 12 Championship and 4-5 under head coach Scott Drew.
• Baylor is 0-1 all-time at Sprint Center, 7-14 all-time in Kansas City, 4-8 in Big 12 Championship games held in Kansas City and has lost four straight in Kansas City.
• BU is 2-1 in Big 12 Championship play as higher seed.
• Baylor has played in the quarterfinals at six of the 12 Big 12 Championships in which its participated (did not participate in 2004).
• BU is 2-3 all-time in Big 12 Championship quarterfinal games.
• Baylor is the only team in the Big 12 era to defeat two No. 1 seeds at the Big 12 Championship (2001, 2009).
• Last season in Oklahoma City, Baylor became the first No. 9 seed to advance to the Big 12 Championship title game -- and the second-lowest seed ever.
• No. 3 seed in 23-8 all-time in the Big 12 Championship and has won the tournament five times -- 1999 (Kansas), 2001 (Oklahoma), 2003 (Oklahoma), 2005 (Oklahoma State) and 2009 (Missouri).
• No. 3 seed has reached finals in eight of 13 Big 12 Championship tournaments.

TEXAS SERIES HISTORY
• Thursday would be the 234th series meeting between Baylor and Texas.
• The Texas-Baylor series is the most-played rivalry for both schools.
• Baylor's current three-game winning streak over Texas is its longest since winning six straight from Feb. 7, 1981-Feb. 26, 1983.
• Texas leads the all-time series, 155-78, and 8-5 at neutral sites. § Texas leads the Big 12-era series, 25-6.
• Head coach Scott Drew is 3-13 all-time vs. Texas.
• Baylor snapped a 24-game losing streak to the Longhorns with a 76-70 in the semifinals of the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.

BAYLOR RECORDS BEST CONFERENCE FINISH SINCE 1988
• After being picked 10th in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll in October, Baylor finished the regular season tied for second in the Big 12 with an 11-5 league mark -- its best conference finish in the Big 12 era (previous best finish was fourth place in the 2007-08 season).
• Baylor's second-place finish in the Big 12 standings is its best since finishing tied for second in the Southwest Conference in 1988.

WINNING AWAY FROM HOME
• Starting with its epic run at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Baylor is 16-7 (.696) in its last 23 games away from the Ferrell Center -- 6-4 in true road games and 10-3 in neutral-site games.

THE 40s NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD
• Baylor improved to 24-6 overall after a 92-77 win March 6 over Texas in Waco. Baylor's 24-6 record -- tied for the second-best record through 30 games in school history (24-6 start in 1947-48) -- is second only to its 25-5 start in 1945-46. Baylor lost in the NCAA championship game to Kentucky in 1948.
• Baylor is 18 games above .500 for the first time since the 1947-48 season when the Bears were 24-6.

NATIONAL RANKING OF HISTORIC PROPORTION
• For just the second time in school history, Baylor is ranked higher in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll. Baylor (24-6) moved up two spots to No. 20 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll.
• Last season, Baylor was ranked No. 23 in the Coaches Poll, but was not ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll (week of Jan. 19, 2009).

BAYLOR REMAINS IN AP TOP 25 FOR SCHOOL-RECORD NINE STRAIGHT WEEKS
• With its No. 21 ranking in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Baylor established a school record with its ninth consecutive week in the AP Poll. Last season, the Bears were ranked for seven consecutive weeks from Dec. 1, 2008-Jan. 12, 2009.
• Baylor, which was ranked all four weeks in February, is ranked in the month of March for the first time in program history.
• Under head coach Scott Drew, Baylor has been ranked for 18 weeks in the AP Top 25 Poll. Prior to Drew's arrival, the Bears were ranked for only five weeks total in the AP Top 25 Poll.

A BAYLOR WIN WOULD...
• Catapult the Bears to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship semifinals for the second consecutive season for the third time in 13 tournament appearances.
• Increase its three-year school-record total to 70 wins.
• Extend its March winning streak to seven, dating back to its postseason run in 2008-09.
• Push it to 19 games above .500 for the first time since the Bears were 23-4 in 1947-48.
• Be its 25th of the season, tied for most wins in school history.
• Be its third win as a Top 25 team in the month of March.
• Be its 21st in the last 26 games.
• Be its 22nd as a ranked team in the Drew era.
• Be Drew's 106th as BU head coach.
• Improve its postseason record to 8-2 in last 10 games.
• Improve its record to 9-12 all-time in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship and 5-5 under head coach Scott Drew.
• Improve its record to 32-8 in its last 40 games.
• Improve its record to 15-14 in the month of March in the Drew era.
• Improve its 10th in the last 13 games in the month of March under Drew.
• Improve its series record to 79-155 all-time vs. Texas and 7-25 in the Big 12 era.
• Improve Drew's record to 4-13 all-time vs. Texas.
• Extend its winning streak to four games over Texas -- Baylor's longest winning streak in the series since winning six straight games from Feb. 7, 1981-Feb. 26, 1983.
• Mark the first time the Bears have beaten the Longhorns three times in the same season since the 1981-82 campaign.


 

 

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